Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
We are so lucky to have such a great Mom. She has always been there for us and still is. At 84 she walks two miles every morning, drives to her favorite store, Walmart, almost daily, belongs to a sewing club (The Sewing Circle) and is always doing a sewing or craft project. Right now it's a hand-made quilt. She made me a beautiful king size quilt for Christmas which she worked on for several months. She also makes beautiful beaded jewelry to match most of her outfits. The sewing club is meeting at her home on Monday where she will feed the group and visit with her friends. This group of gals have been meeting for over 60 years now. We took her to dinner tonight for her birthday where she had a good feed and even took some home for lunch tomorrow. I only hope that I am as beautiful and healthy at 84 as she is. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM....We Love You!!!!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Jo Dee is down from Alabama for a bass tournament in Tavares. Like the wrap on her SUV? She's pre-fishing for two days then the tournament starts Thursday through Saturday. Wish her luck. She was one of only two women invited compete in this tournament. Wouldn't it be cool if she won beating out all the guys. Boy wouldn't that make her sponsors happy. Check her out at ladyfisher.com GOOD LUCK JO DEE!!!!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Check out the foam on the beach from the blowing wind. Reminds me of the windy days at New Smyrna Beach. The ducks and geese are hanging out on the beach. Guess the wind is blowing them off the water. HaHa. The temps are supposed to drop to freezing tonight so I need to cover some plants. Sure hope this wind lets up so the covers stay on. Thank goodness for clothes pins.
Our friend..Laura Koncel....
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Icee the hunter dog. Actually John just got back from Snipe hunting and gave Icee a wing when he was cleaning the birds. She walked around for the longest time with this wing in her mouth. She didn't want to come in for dinner cause she just knew someone would get her wing so I had to feed her at the back door. I just peeked out to check on her and she is lying in the grass with her chin resting on the wing. I don't think she knows just what to do with it, but she sure isn't going to share it with LaLa or Chili. Sooner or later I guess I'll have to take it from her. Yuk!!!
John put in a doggy door on the patio and the dogs love it. This is LaLa looking through the door thinking about coming in then she makes up her mind and hops through.
At first they weren't sure if they liked it and sat outside the door waiting for us to open it. When we didn't they said OK and came on through. Now they love using it.
They have friends visiting this weekend, Mona and Leo who also learned to use the door. Mona and Leo visit a lot and our girls enjoy having them around. Mona and Leo just love our big back yard and spend most of the day running back and forth chasing anything that moves.
Leo loves going outside and laying in the sun or chasing the squirrels. Here he is just keeping a watch out for the invaders. He is a beautiful tri-colored Papillon and is a half brother to our Icee and LaLa having the same daddy.
Mona, also a tri, stands under the tree barking at the squirrels. She thinks she so bad. It's kinda funny to watch her bark. She throws her head back with each bark. Both Mona and Leo are small Papillon at only around 4.5 pounds each.
Icee enjoys having the company help her with squirrel duty. She's just happy to have someone help her with her bug and squirrel hunting. It's so funny to watch her bounce through the boarder grass looking for bugs.
However, LaLa, (The Princess) would rather relax on the couch chewing her bull winkie chewy, making certain that NO ONE gets it. Not that she doesn't share her stuff....RIGHT!!
This is Reno, my daughter's little Min Pin. He loves to go swimming in the lake when he comes to visit and will stay in the water retrieving a ball or chasing bubbles or minnows for hours. This little guy has so much energy that he just bounces through the yard until he gets to the lake and continues to bounce through the water. He is just too funny. We say that he spends as much time on his hind legs as he does on all fours. He's a cute little guy with a great personality who loves everyone he meets. He's a great representative of the breed and a real little lover.
Friday, January 16, 2009
This is an oval cake with butter cream icing. The flowers are made with royal icing and the little blue birds (yes, they are supposed to be birds) are made with color flow icing. This was my first attempt at a basket weave and using the color flow icing. I did have fun making the flowers. The basket weave was hard for me. I found out later that my icing was too stiff. I'll definately know next time to thin the icing before attempting the basket weave. This cake was done in course two. The two tiered one was done in course three.
This Poinsettia cake was a chocolate cake with butter cream icing covered with white fondant. The flowers were made with royal icing and the bow was done with green fondant. I added some edible sparkles. This one went with John to work.
Valentines Day is coming up so I'm thinking about what kind of cake I want to do next. Something using my heart shaped pans for sure.
This is a little 6 inch heart cake was made with extra batter from the hat cake. I decorated it last night using my Marshmellow fondant. John took it to work with him this morning. He put it in the x-ray department and when he went back to try a piece it was gone. So I guess everyone liked it.
The Wilton cake decorating courses are not all that expensive, but getting all the supplies can sure put a dent in the wallet. I try to use all the 40 and 50% off coupons I can get my hands on. I cut them out of the newspaper and they e-mail coupons to me which all help cut my expenses. So far I've gotten most of my supplies that way. I recently learned how to make Marshmellow Fondant which is much cheaper and tastes a lot better that the store bought fondant which runs around $20 for a 5 pound box of ready-to-use. Like I said those coupons come in handy.